Robot Theater Summer Camp

Grades 6 through 8 (as of Spring 2018) - Residential Academic Program

Jun 17, 2018 - Jun 22, 2018 (All day - Sample Junior Scholars Institute day)

Final Performance: TBD. Free and open to the public.

Morning: Playwriting | Afternoon: Programming
On University of Iowa campus (Blank Honors Center)

No previous experience with computer programming or robotics is necessary for this robot theater class! Girls and boys alike are welcome to join this class and meet the Nao Robots. In this one-of-a-kind class you will help the robots—Alex, Erin, Jackie, Jessie, Jordan, Rene, Taylor— act out skits. The robots will tell bedtime stories and pitch an idea to the robot version of "Shark Tank". Come with a story or conversation already written and program the robots to perform it!

Instructor Bios:

Denise Szecsei holds a Ph.D in Mathematics and is passionate about the learning process. She has taught classes in computer science, mathematics, chemistry, and nuclear engineering. She loves to keep up with new technological developments, and incorporate new technology into her classes and research activities. She has been working with Nao Robots for two years, and has taught robot dance and theater classes to students with a variety of interests and backgrounds, and loves to see how people of all ages express themselves through these robots.

For more information and to apply, please go to the Belin-Blank Center Summer Programs page*.


Past Camps

Robot Theater Summer Camp 2017

Robot Theater Summer Camp 2016

Robot Theater Summer Camp 2015. Check out this video!


* Note that participation in the Belin-Blank Exceptional Student Talent Search is not required to attend the Summer Camp.

Questions and/or comments will be submitted to the camp instructor and support staff. Please provide an email address for return communication.